Then came a musical band, with fifes and drums and clarinets. Marching behind them were twenty companies of New Hampshire militia. Twenty! It was quite a sight, I tell you.”
“Was ‘the Troop’ there?” asked Joss eagerly. “I think its uniforms are better than those of any other militia in New Hampshire!”
“The Troop” was an independent militia company famous for the horsemanship of its riders and the beauty of its horses. My brother yearned to wear one of the Troop’s scarlet coats with buff facings and one of its leather, bell-crowned caps with long white feathers tipped in red.
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